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Los Alamos National Laboratory Surface Science Scientist (Scientist 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC73270


Job Title Surface Science Scientist (Scientist 3/4)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US


Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

What You Will Do

MST-16 is a group in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The group supports a variety of nuclear weapons programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, and the Science Program, as well as fuel cycle research & development, nuclear forensics, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. The group is an international leader in fundamental plutonium science while also focusing on solving engineering problems that support national security. Using multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science, the group engages in a number of areas important to the weapons program, including phase stability, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science.

MST-16 performs a wide range of R&D activities, including metallography, microanalysis, surface science, thermophysical properties, mechanical and dynamic materials properties, and specialized sample preparation. MST-16 is based at TA-55, and has laboratory space in the Plutonium Facility (PF-4), the CMR Building, and the Target Fabrication Facility, and performs experiments at user facilities around the nation.

MST-16 is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated candidate for the position of Scientist 3/4 for the MST-16 Surface Science Team.

As a member of MST-16, the successful candidate is expected to execute a variety of plutonium materials science investigations to expand our knowledge base in plutonium surface science. Research activities will include the study of surface and bulk corrosion behavior, gas-surface reactions, and catalytic properties of actinide materials, data analysis and interpretation, hands-on sample preparation, integration of results into internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, and activities to support the successful completion of milestones and deliverables. Although the position is primarily focused on experiments to study the surface behavior of actinide materials, incorporating research addressing other related plutonium research areas will be required.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 3 or the Scientist 4, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Scientist 3 ($98,900 - $165,100)

Responsibilities for the selected candidate will include:

  • Contribute to ongoing technical work, primarily focused on plutonium surface science.

  • Work with your team, group, and other collaborators to develop and maintain projects and programs.

  • Develop and prepare proposals, work packages, and new initiatives to lead the development of technical capabilities within the group.

  • Build effective teams and enhance the technical and professional skills of junior staff, post docs, and students through active mentoring and training.

  • Maintain existing and develop new work-authorizing documents that support your team’s work.

  • Assist with general laboratory processes.

  • Maintain compliance with safety, security, and environmental regulations.

Scientist 4 ($119,700 - $201,700)

In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the Scientist 4 will:

  • Lead the development of new strategic initiatives.

  • Expand technical capabilities of the team and group.

  • Maintain a strong national and international reputation through active participation in a technical field

What You Need

Qualifications We Require:

  • Established technical background in surface science, catalysis, and surface characterization, including electron and ion spectroscopies.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in ultra-high vacuum surface science, such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), or time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), or other surface techniques.

  • A substantial and significant record of achievement through publications, reports, intellectual property, and other technical products.

  • Demonstrated success in writing proposals for funding and in managing research programs and budgets.

  • Experience working across teams, groups, divisions and directorates.

  • Ability to work successfully in a complex regulatory environment and complex experimental facility.

  • Demonstrated motivational, communication, and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification.

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or related field and at least 5 years of experience beyond PhD.

  • For full consideration, your application must include a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired skills, and a full curriculum vitae, including publications.

Additional Requirements for a Scientist 4:

  • A strong national reputation in the field through advanced research.

  • Extensive experience identifying, promoting and developing technical capabilities.

  • Experience in the supervision and/or mentoring of technical personnel.

  • Extensive experience providing technical direction and supervision.

  • Experience with planning, coordinating, overseeing, and successfully completing multiple projects with conflicting and often changing priorities and deadlines .

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or related field and at least 10 years of experience beyond PhD.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in handling reactive, hazardous, and/or radioactive materials, including glovebox work.

  • Experience working in a nuclear facility.

  • Knowledge of LANL nuclear weapons programs.

  • DOE Q clearance and HRP certification.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is the premier national resource responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine and Nano-technology.

Appointment Type Regular


Contact Details

Contact Name Klein, Mandy Marie

Email mmoore@lanl.gov

Work Telephone 505-665-6405

Req ID: IRC73270